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WBC Prez on Tyson-Jones: They Should Wear Headgear, Use 16 or 18-Ounce Gloves

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman would like to see more safety involved in the exhibition fight between former world champions Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.

Their exhibition clash, fought over eight rounds, will take place on September 12 in Carson, California.

The California State Athletic Commission will oversee the contest.

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Tyson, 54-years-old, will return to the ring for the first time in fifteen years. And Jones, 51-years-old, was last seen in action in early 2018.

Sulaiman wants to see more safety protocols - with both boxers wearing 16 or 18 ounce gloves, and the use of headgear. Neither boxer will wear headgear and they both have agreed to use 12 ounce gloves.

"Social media and sports media exploded with the news of Mike Tyson's return to the ring. Regardless of being just an exhibition, the news has gone around the world and there is great interest in seeing this event," Sulaiman said.

"Tyson will face Roy Jones Jr., who was considered for several years as the best boxer on the planet, for his great ability, hand speed, fist power and overall dominance in the ring.

"The exhibition is scheduled for Saturday, September 12, in Los Angeles, California, an eight-round contest, without headgear, and wearing 12-ounce gloves. This is a point that worries me. Both Tyson and Jones should wear headgear that boxers use in sparring , and wear 16, or even 18-ounce gloves."

"This event is a charity initiative which is highly appreciated and seeks to give sports fans a moment of entertainment. That is why the World Boxing Council fully supports the realization of it, but I repeat, in no way can the safety of the contenders be neglected. I am certain that the California State Athletic commission is taking every single provision to ensure their safety before and during the event."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Jab jab boom on 08-05-2020

[QUOTE=REDEEMER;20690340]That wouldn’t be an exhibition fight . Ranking Tyson has zero to do with anything here . Ortiz didn’t even pass his physical and got two title shots ,give it a rest on down playing a proven ATG while he…

Comment by REDEEMER on 08-05-2020

[QUOTE=Jab jab boom;20688649]Wasn't this the same clown who said he'd rank Tyson if he came back??[/QUOTE] That wouldn’t be an exhibition fight . Ranking Tyson has zero to do with anything here . Ortiz didn’t even pass his physical and…

Comment by isagj on 08-04-2020

[QUOTE=millcitymauler;20689675]Yeah - like the WBC “Rustbelt”[/QUOTE] made me literally laugh out loud. lmbo!!

Comment by millcitymauler on 08-04-2020

[QUOTE=tritium_arma;20688937]I'm surprised this clown hasn't offered a new WBC belt yet for the fight.[/QUOTE]Yeah - like the WBC “Rustbelt”

Comment by rudy on 08-04-2020

Ignore this fool he has never fought got the wbc chairman because his dad was chairman what’s next he is upset so no wbc title at stake.

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